Advice and Guidance
Purple provides advice and guidance on how your Personal Health Budget delivers choice and control for your needs.
A Personal Health Budget is a budget planned and agreed by you, your representative and your local NHS team, to support your identified healthcare and wellbeing needs.
Personal Health Budgets are a different way of accessing health care services and support. They give you much more choice and control over how your health needs are met by enabling you to use NHS money in new and creative ways, which are aligned with your clinically assessed needs.
The support you want to buy or the services you choose may differ quite considerably from those traditionally provided by the NHS. For example, if you need paid support for personal care you may prefer to employ your own personal assistants instead of using a nursing agency.
Personal Health Budgets
The first group to receive Personal Health Budgets is adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare, which is NHS-funded long-term health and personal care provided outside hospital. Children who are eligible for continuing care also have a right to have a Personal Health Budget.
Local NHS organisations are also free to offer Personal Health Budgets to other people if they think an individual will benefit. It is the Government’s long-term aim to introduce a right to a Personal Health Budget for anyone who will benefit from one.
Click on the links below for further information and guidance on Personal Health Budgets:
- Informal information, advice, guidance and signposting on Personal Health Budgets for Personal Health Budget users
- Purple’s local NHS-commissioned Personal Health Budget service
- Purple’s local Personal Health Budget peer groups
- Purple’s national work promoting Personal Health Budgets and sharing and developing good practice
- The NHS Choices website contains further information on Personal Health Budgets (opens in new window)